Nuclear Power Essay

1225 WordsJun 25, 20125 Pages
There are many energy sources available to humans. There are fossil fuels, renewable sources and nuclear sources. All sources have their advantages and disadvantages for humans and the environment. Throughout this paper several energy sources will be addressed and the consequences of developing nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a source of energy that has been widely used since the Industrial Revolution. There are many types of fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas. The advantages to fossil fuels are that there is a good availability of the source. Also fossil fuels require a simple combustion process that can directly heat or generate electricity. Fossil fuels are inexpensive and easily distributed. The disadvantages of fossil fuels is that they are a probable contributor to global warming, there is a questionable availability of some fuels, and the cause of acid rain. The availability of renewable sources consists of solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal power. Solar and wind power have their advantages because they are inexhaustible fuel sources, an excellent supplement to other renewable sources, versatile and they do not cause pollution. The disadvantages of solar and wind power are that large numbers of solar panels and wind generators are required to produce useful amounts of heat or electricity. Also large land areas and only areas of the world with lots of sunlight and wind are suitable for solar and wind power generation. Hydroelectric power has similar advantages like solar and wind power do, but it can be used throughout the world. The disadvantages of hydroelectric power is that smaller models depend on the availability of fast flowing streams or rivers and the run off the river plants can have an impact on the mobility of fish and other river life. Biomass power is one of the oldest and

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